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In the Exploring Earthquakes Activity-Stations Laboratory Kit for Earth science, explore what causes earthquakes, discover why they are so unpredictable and investigate factors that impact the effects of seismic activity.

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For centuries earthquakes have both fascinated and frightened. In this activity-stations lab, students explore what causes earthquakes, discover why they are so unpredictable and investigate factors that impact the effects of seismic activity.

Four mini-lab stations are set up around the classroom, each a self-contained activity focusing on a specific topic:
• Modeling Faults
• Elastic Rebound
• Seismic Waves
• Resonance and Earthquake Damage

Includes Teacher Notes with sample data, extensive background information, reproducible student worksheet and vocabulary crossword puzzle and all materials needed to perform the experiments except rulers and meter sticks.

Complete for eight groups of students.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
HS-ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
HS-ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object
MS-PS2-1: Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
HS-PS2-1: Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
HS-PS2-2: Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.
HS-PS2-3: Apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.